This is a good week to expand your cultural horizons: Get free admission to the Fenway’s art museums and galleries, see a film festival’s selection of acclaimed documentaries, or take in some experimental theater. You can even hear brewers tell the story behind that delicious craft beer you’re drinking to reward your brain for doing such a good job learning this week.

Monday, October 13 – Opening Our Doors
Fenway is more than a ballpark — it’s a whole cultural district full of museums, art galleries, and other places where singing “Sweet Caroline” is rightfully regarded as an affront to God and man. The Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors day offers free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MassArt and local art galleries, music performances, and lots more. It’s also your chance to check out the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, a three-story, stained glass globe you can go inside. (All day, FREE, all ages)

Monday, October 13 – Craft Beer Revolution
Remember when people would walk into a bar and just order “a beer”? Now you look at the dozens-long beer list and try to use the ABV and price to calculate the cheapest route to Drunk Town but probably forget to account for serving size and get a silly 8 oz. glass. We have the Craft Beer Revolution
to thank for that, which also happens to be the name of Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy’s new book. He’ll talk about tonight with a lineup of local brewery heads, including Sam Adams’ Jim Koch and reps from Cambridge Brewing Company, Pretty Things, and Harpoon, who will host the discussion. (9 p.m., $15, 21+)

Tuesday, October 14 – How to Make Life and Influence Planets
If you’re like me, you’ve been seeing the commercials for “Interstellar” and thinking about starting a new human race on another planet, and how Matthew McConaughey is absolutely the astronaut we would choose to lead that mission. All right, all right, all right! How to Make Life and Influence Planets, MIT’s Fall 2014 Soap Box lecture series, covers the origins of life on earth and what we know about the possibility of life on other planets. But not like scary aliens, more like microbial fossils in rocks. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday to Sunday, October 15-19 – Arlington International Film Festival
We’re still a few years away from the Green Line extending to and effectively ruining Somerville, so it’s time to start taking applications for the next hip urban enclave. Consider Arlington: It’s not too far from the city, it’s fun to say with a pirate voice (“ARRRRR-lington”) and it already has a hip indie movie theater, the Regent. It hosts the fourth annual Arlington International Film Festival, kicking off on Wednesday with “BOTSO: The Teacher from Tbilisi” about a beloved Georgian music teacher inspired by the words of wisdom his father passed on right before he was executed by Stalin. (Various times, $11, all ages)

Wednesday, October 15 – Found Footage Festival
If your idea of a good movie is something that’s actually so bad it’s good (and not intentionally like the “Sharknado” movies) then check out the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Found Footage Festival 10th anniversary screening. One of the 2014 clips is a bizarre instructional video from 1997 with the redundant title “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet.” True story: When I first got on the Internet I didn’t know what “LOL” meant so when a girl from my AOL Buddy List said it to me, I thought it meant “love on-line” and we were cyber-ing. We were not cyber-ing. (9 p.m., $12, all ages)

Wednesday to Saturday, October 15-18 – “pool (no water)”
Visceral. Unflinching. Horrifying. These are just a few of the words from the description for One Year Lease Theater Company’s production of “pool (no water)” playing at Oberon in Harvard Square. If you can handle that and the title’s disturbing disregard for proper rules of capitalization, you’ll be rewarded with the story about the fragility of friendship, the power of resentment, and the yearning to create something truly memorable. (7:30 p.m., $30, all ages)

Thursday, October 16 – Startup Stir
A monthly seminar series at Workbar in Cambridge, Startup Stir’s October event features a forum on Engaging Fans with Social Media. Learn to rack up the retweets with social media gurus from the Boston Celtics, Dunkin’ Donuts, ad agencies and more, plus complimentary drinks from Revolution Cocktails. Which brings us to another important business lesson: Offer free drinks to entice people to come to your events. (6:30 p.m., $10, 21+)

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